Chancellor's Professor of History
UC Irvine School of Humanities
Prof. Wasserstrom is a leading expert on Modern Chinese Social and Cultural History, with a strong interest in connecting China’s past to its present and placing both into comparative and global perspective. He has taught and written about subjects ranging from gender to revolution, human rights to urban change. He has contributed to many academic periodicals, including the China Quarterly, Journal of World History, Journal of Global History, and History Workshop Journal and is also a regular contributor of commentaries and reviews for various news media, including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and NPR. He is the author of several books, including Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford, 1991) and China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010 and 2013 editions, translated into several languages). He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and is Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.
- China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2010 and 2013)
- Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, co-edited with Angilee Shah (University of California Press, 2012)
- Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009)
- Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford University Press, 1991);